Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant

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#44 of 249 in Nature in Colorado
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
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  • We detoured from our route from Dillon to the Garden of the Gods in order to visit this NM and are glad we did The weather on the day of our visit was not good which meant we curtailed the visit from ...  more »
  • We ran into Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, on our way to Cripple Creek, was not aware it was there. Visitors Center Had lots of exhibits and other information. Also a very good short film.  more »
  • This place was so cool. I loved to see these petrified giant tree trunks. We got to talk with a ranger before setting out to the park trails. He was so knowledgeable. The walking trails were very nice...  more »
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  • This is a really nice place. When we arrived it was undergoing construction on the parking lot. It has a very nice visitors center and the Park Rangers are very helpful. The park is free. The ranger suggested that we watch the 15 minute movie explaining the park, then read the information in the small museum and then explore the park. We did all three. The movie does a good job of explaining how the pieces became fossilized. The museum has many interactive displays for children and boards that explain various aspects of what the park encompasses. Then we left to take a hike. We chose the trail that went south and ended up hiking a good 2 miles. The main paths are nice sidewalks. The longer paths are gravel but fairly mild in grade. It was a pretty day and an enjoyable walk. I hope to return here and will try to do more of the paths. Good place to have easy (but long) hikes.
  • We stopped to visit Florissant Fossil Beds on our way to Colorado Springs. In the visitor center, they have a number of fossils on exhibit. No dinosaurs or large animals, mainly plants and insect fossils. I was surprised how detailed and recognizable they were. The Petrified Forest Loop is a 1-mile trail from the visitor center that leads past a number of petrified redwood stumps. Millions of years ago, redwoods grew in central Colorado. The Big Stump was particularly impressive. We also made a quick stop at the Hornbek Homestead. Overall, a cool place to stop and learn about the geological history of Colorado.
  • Nice place to visit. The information displayed along the hiking trails were very informative and helped visualize what the place looked like. The visitors center had a lot of neat fossils on display. Definitely worth seeing if in the area.
  • We really enjoyed out time here! Awesome hands on learning experiences for the kids and for adults. Great walking trails to get outdoors and a fun interactive scavenger hunt for the kids! Fossils and pereofoed wood! Great place and worth the drive.
  • It was pretty cool my party did the mile walk with all the best fossils to explore. I really enjoy old houses and how people lived back in the day. When we went to the homestead I was very disappointed that we couldn't go inside. If it was opened it definitely would have been a 5 star.

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